Former coach to lead volleyball team again

A familiar face is returning to the volleyball sidelines at Seymour High School. Angie Lucas was hired as the Owls’ varsity volleyball coach at Tuesday’s school board meeting.

Lucas returns to the program after stepping away for four seasons.

In the fall of 2013, Lucas wrapped up her 23rd year of coaching volleyball at Seymour, compiling a 555-252 record.

The Owls won a sectional title in each of Lucas’ first seven years at the helm from 1990 to 1996, and they won three straight regional titles from 1994 to 1996.

Lucas guided the Owls to two more sectional titles and one regional crown between 1997 and 2002 before she took a year off and returned in 2004.

The Owls were sectional, regional and Hoosier Hills Conference champions and made it to the Class 4A Final Four in 2011 and then made it to semistate in 2012.

The fall of 2013 had marked the third straight season with 30 or more wins.

After stepping away in 2013, the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association inducted Lucas into its Volleyball Hall of Fame

To be considered for the Hall of Fame, coaches have to be nominated by someone outside of the ICGSA committee; have at least 10 years of experience; and run a successful, clean program.

Lucas graduated from Seymour High School in 1981 after playing four years of basketball and volleyball under coach Donna Sullivan.

She then attended Franklin College for three years and played volleyball for coach Mark Britner, and she moved on to Indiana State University for two years, playing volleyball for coach Deb Holzapfel and obtaining an education degree.

Lucas will take over for Holly Birdsong, who guided Seymour the past three seasons. Kendra Knieriem coached the Owls during the 2014 season.

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Jordan Morey is sports editor at The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at jmorey@tribtown.com or 812-523-7069.